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Israel declares readiness for potential war with Hezbollah

Israel declares readiness for potential war with Hezbollah Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

Israeli military forces are prepared for a potential war with Hezbollah fighters, according to Israel's Defense Minister, Yoav Gallant.

"We are ready, but we continue to prepare, gaining more and more capabilities because not all things are solved, but things are done well. And we have to take into account the possibility of a wide escalation, this is something that can happen," he said.

Gallant made these remarks amidst daily rocket and drone attacks by Hezbollah from Lebanon into northern Israeli territories. He also mentioned that the potential for a deal with Hezbollah has worn thin.

"Alongside the military preparedness that we are advancing, and alongside the process that we are trying to lead in the political-diplomatic efforts, we are also preparing in the civilian area and the Home Front Command has received clear instructions," Gallant added.

Israel and Hezbollah

Israel and Hezbollah have a history of conflict, with Hezbollah militants repeatedly attempting to strike Israel from Lebanese territory, particularly following Israel's engagement in a war with Hamas.

Recently, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared his country's readiness to initiate a war with Hezbollah. Notably, on January 8, it was reported that a senior commander of Hezbollah, Radwan, was killed in southern Lebanon as a result of an Israeli strike.